Are the Lakers actually entertaining the idea of moving on fromLeBron James?
Last week during a broadcast, ESPN’s Jeff Van Gundy was widely mocked after he floated the idea that the Lakers should explore trading LeBron this offseason
According to Bleacher Report’s Ric Bucher Lakers owner Jeannie Buss “contemplated” the idea of trading LeBron because she was furious with Rich Paul’s handling of the Anthony Davis situation.
Via Bleacher Report
The subject of moving James, however, was contemplated by the Lakers, a team source said, weeks before Van Gundy aired it. When rumors engulfed the team at the February trade deadline that it was willing to trade anyone other than James to acquire All-Star forward Anthony Davis from the New Orleans Pelicans, James’ agent, Rich Paul, was widely accused of spreading those rumors because Davis is also one of his clients. Paul denied to B/R that he leaked the Lakers’ interest in Davis, but Buss suspected otherwise and was furious. The idea of terminating the franchise’s relationship with Paul by moving James at least crossed Buss’ mind, the team source said, and Paul was made aware of that. That prompted Paul to reach out to Buss to clear the air, and whatever ill will existed supposedly dissipated.
Rich Paul and LeBron overplayed their hand with Anthony Davis before the all-star break and it seems like the Pelicans are dead set on not trading him to the Lakers.
Tough look for LeBron but he did this to himself. We’ll see if the Bron, Rich Paul and the Lakers can attract free agents this offseason or if the Lakers consider trading LeBron because the situation in L.A. has become too toxic.